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The Denver Parks and Recreation
Department, one of the nation’s largest
park systems, maintains more than 350
parks and pathways throughout the metro
area. Interactive programs and
educational resources are the focus of 29
recreation centers located within Denver
parks, with learning opportunities for
every age group.
Denver is unique in that it also owns an
extensive mountain parks system. The city
owns 14,000 acres of mountain parks
and 2,500 acres of natural areas.
Denver’s mountain parks system has
extensive trails for hiking and biking, plus
picnic areas and other facilities open to
the public. The following are just some of
the area’s premier parks:
5800 S. Powhaton Road
More than 820 acres of water offer
great fishing, sailing, swimming and
other water activities. Gas-powered
watercraft is banned. A park pass is
required for park entry.
Bluff Lake Nature Center
7350 E. 29th Ave., Suite 300
Part of the former Stapleton
International Airport, Bluff Lake
opened to the public in 1997 as a
123-acre wildlife refuge. Bluff Lake
links parks and habitat along the
Sand Creek corridor.
Chatfield State Park
11500 N. Roxborough Park Road
Chatfield offers water sports, fishing,
hiking, birding and horseback riding
opportunities. Overnight campsites
are available by reservation.
Chatfield also has a marina and a
hot air balloon launch area.
Cherry Creek Reservoir State Park
4201 S. Parker Road
Bicyclists, hikers and water lovers
alike enjoy this natural area with its
camping space and marina.
17th Avenue and York Street
City Park’s lush 314 acres include a
lake, playgrounds, tennis courts and
gardens. The east end of the park is
home to the Denver Zoo and the
Museum of Nature and Science.
City Park hosts a summer concert
series, Run for the Zoo and the
Black Arts Festival.
Civic Center Park
Broadway and Colfax Avenue
Designed by Frederick Law
Olmstead Jr., Civic Center Park is
located in the heart of downtown
Denver. The State Capitol is to the
east, the City and County Building is
Photo courtesy of Steamboat Ski & Resort and VISIT DENVER